Featured Concert
  • Friday, November 17, 2017 at 8:00 PM
  • May Memorial UU Society
  • Online ordering is no longer available for this event. Tickets are still available for purchase at the door for $20.00 - $25.00.
Intricate guitar blues, passionate songs and a stomping foot

Master guitarist and troubadour Chris Smither has made his reputation by transforming blues roots music into modern-day songwriting craft. The songs, literate and emotionally persuasive, are defined by his bright, intricate guitar work and driving foot stomps. Often thought of as a blues artist, Smither is a singer-songwriter who draws deeply from the Mississippi Delta, American folk music, Texas swing, and urban ballads to create songs that are weathered, unhurried, and genuinely passionate. Guitar-heads are drawn to his Lightnin’ Hopkins/John Hurt derived fretwork; spiritual seekers nod in recognition at the hard-won knowledge casually tossed off in his lyrics, and just plain music fans who have come to him on their own return again and again.

Chris Smither will be performing as part of The Folkus Project on Friday, November 17, 2017 at 8 PM. The concert will be held at May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society, 3800 East Genesee Street, Syracuse, NY 13215.

Smither latest CD, “Hundred Dollar Valentine”, is a brilliant amalgam made of equal parts past, present and future. It is music that traces its roots back deep into tradition, anchors its rhythms and textures in today, and reaches forward into the future, asking the Big Questions – why am I here? Is there purpose to all of this or is it just a spinning cascade of random moments? And, he does it all with six strings, an insistent, understated groove and a sly wink – letting you know that we may all enter and leave this world alone, but that don’t mean we can’t have a good time while we’re here.

Smither has made outstanding music since he emigrated north from his native New Orleans as a teenager at the tail end of the 1960’s folk revival. In college, Lightnin’ Hopkins and the blues seemed to get more attention than his major, anthropology. After settling in Cambridge, he first appeared at the Philadelphia Folk Festival in 1970. Since then he had won numerous awards, including Outstanding Folk Act in the 2007 Boston Music Awards and the 2007 Folk Alliance Awards for both Song of the Year (”Seems So Real”) and Contemporary Artist of the Year.

Press Quotes

“Chris Smither’s songs seem so casual – everyday language drawled over fine blues fingerpicking and the happy tip-tap of his shoes – that it’s easy to overlook how artful and deep they are.” – Acoustic Guitar

“One of roots music’s most passionate, soulful songsmiths and interpreters. He has the perfect husky, country music voice, and he keeps the tunes clipping with crisp acoustic picking.” – San Francisco Chronicle

“Smither is an American original, a product of the musical melting pot, and one of the absolute best singer-songwriters in the world.” – Associated Press

Website Video: Chris Smither “Leave the Light On” Video: Chris Smither “Origin of the Species”

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Show Location: May Memorial UU Society

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